I went down to the Oregon DMV to renew my drivers license and was told that I couldn't do it with my birth certificate from England. And as far as their concern I'm not an American Citizen. Yet my father was born and raised in the USA. They also told me that my US Citizenship document was void because my parents chose to laminate one side of the document 50 yrs ago. And told me that I needed to contact immigration and spend $500.00 to get another copy. Thanks Second Class CitizenEven with one side laminated you can still feel and see the US seal that was stamped on there 50 yrs ago. My understanding is that beings I was under 18 yrs of age, my citizenship should have been automatically acquired, because my father was in service of the USAF military at that time and he was an American Citizen? The State Of Oregon DMV needs to stop discriminating against Military dependents we are not second class citizens
Your father's military service is not relevant to whether you're a U.S. citizen, but his citizenship status is. The lamination of the document also has nothing to do with it - I can't imagine where that came from. I suggest you contact an immigration attorney to determine what documentation you need to show the DMV to get this straightened out. I recommend Stephen Gingell in Portland if you're able to get up there (you can also contact him online, at http://stephengingell.com/ .).
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No DMV will replace your US driver's license on the basis of a foreign birth certificate. If you were born in England, there are a number of different ways you might be a citizen, some involving acquisition at birth, and others involving naturalization at a later time, so it is the validity of the document proving your U.S. citizenship that would be at issue. This sounds like you need to consult with an immigration attorney and have them examine the "citizenship document" in question. If it is a Certificate of Naturalization, then yes, there's a specific application to replace that document, called an N-565. On the other hand, if what you have is a Certificate of Citizenship, or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a US Citizen, that's not as straightforward.
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It's not that difficult to get a new, unlaminated, US Citizenship certificate. The form is an N-565.
You might want to have a consultation with an immigration lawyer ... many of us would help with the application as part of the consultation.
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If the US citizenship document you refer to is a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240), you should be able to get a replacement for $50 from the US Department of State (see link below). The Oregon DMV website indicates that the DMV will accept a FS-240 as proof of US citizenship (see second link below).
As a general rule, it is a bad idea to laminate official documents, as this will often invalidate them. In your case, that means that government agencies such as the Oregon DMV may refuse to accept your citizenship document, but note that this does NOT mean that you are no longer a US citizen - you simply need to obtain proper proof of your citizenship, in other words a new, unlaminated citizenship document.
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